Bradgate Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    Birdlife is profuse - the reservoir attracts many species of wildfowl, as does the river, and the spinneys provide secluded nesting areas for many other species, including large colonies of rooks and jackdaws. Species such as yellowhammer, reed bunting, skylark and meadow pipit are a common sight in the open areas of the park. Deadly nightshade is allowed to grow within the ruins of Bradgate House, having been originally established there during World War II by Leicester Polytechnic's School of Pharmacy for medicinal purposes.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 649


    Bradgate Park is Leicestershire’s most popular park. Located in Charnwood Forest just northwest of Leicester it covers 850 acres (3 km²). The River Lin runs through it, flowing into Cropston Reservoir which was constructed on part of the park. To the north-east lies Swithland Wood. The park's two well known landmarks, Old John and the war memorial, both lie close to the 200m contour. The landscape is rocky moorland with a covering of coarse grass and bracken. Several spinneys of woodland (pine and mixed deciduous) are enclosed by stone walls, and are not accessible to the public. There are a number of magnificent specimens of ancient oaks several hundreds of years old. The park is home to herds of red deer and fallow deer.

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    Getting There

    The park lies between the villages of Newtown Linford, Anstey, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. There are pay car parks at Cropston Reservoir, Newtown Linford, and Hunts Hill (at the top of the park near Old John). The park is open from dawn until dusk all year round, though the public footpaths which run through the area mean that in practice the park is always accessible. There is a visitors' centre (with cafe) at Newtown Linford, and another in the centre of the park named the Deer Barn near Bradgate House. It is also possible to travel to the park by bus with routes from both Leicester and Loughborough.

    Managed By
    The Bradgate Park Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.05/07/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria22/03/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva16/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena humilis15/07/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGirdled Mining BeeAndrena labiata26/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena ovatula06/06/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix19/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari04/02/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis10/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida01/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris16/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca12/07/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus01/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis10/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum10/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro19/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris07/10/2013
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens23/06/2017
    BeetlesAmpedus balteatus20/06/2010
    BeetlesOak Leaf-rollerAttelabus nitens23/07/2017
    BeetlesCantharis cryptica20/05/2016
    BeetlesCantharis livida23/05/2016
    BeetlesCantharis nigra10/07/2013
    BeetlesCarabus problematicus20/10/2016
    BeetlesGreen Tiger BeetleCicindela campestris03/06/2017
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/06/2017
    BeetlesDonacia semicuprea01/06/2014
    BeetlesLesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus15/06/2014
    BeetlesGeotrupes spiniger10/08/2017
    BeetlesGeotrupes stercorarius18/09/2013